PRIEST RIVER - The Spartans girls basketball team dropped its home opener against Wallace here Nov. 21, 45-29. Wallace started off the game with a full-court press against the young Spartan team and used it off and on all night long. Captains Liann Kren and Jasmine Martin got more aggressive in bringing the ball past defenders, and in stealing passes from Miners. Unfortunately, the Spartans were plagued all night long by their failure to convert layups. Many of their missed shots were under the basket, as in the third quarter when Karah Fink missed a layup, after which Adrie Minish rebounded the miss and missed a layup of her own. In that and other occasions the deep penetration of the Spartan offense through the Miner press netted zero points. The Miners had no such problem hitting their shots, whether layups or mid-range jumpers. Thus, despite the Spartans clawing back from their early 9-0 deficit and sticking around until late in the third quarter, the gap in shooting percentages eventually would catch up to Priest River and make an otherwise close game a fourth quarter blowout. The Spartans had narrowed the Miner lead to 20-18 midway through the third quarter, but a failure to convert easy shots and a surrender of four points in the last minute of the quarter put Wallace ahead 26-18. The Miners outscored Priest River 19-11 in the final quarter thanks to their fundamentally better shooting and passing.
Fink was the high scorer for Priest River with 17 points. Kren and Minish each scored three, while Chelsea Brown and Jordan Martin had two and Martin and Makia Fitzmorris each scored one point.
PR 5 6 7 11 - 29
Wal 13 3 10 19 - 45